What better way to welcome spring than with a blast of snow! The return of winter weather shouldn’t be too much of a surprise for Colorado residents, though. If you’ve lived in the state for any length of time, you probably know that March and April are some of our snowiest months.

But don’t be fooled — gorgeous springtime weather is on the horizon. So, too, are outdoor gatherings with friends and family. That’s why we suggest getting your landscaping in order now, especially your front yard.

Here are a few front yard landscaping tips for beginners.

Establish a focal point

New homeowners often look at their yard as a blank canvas. Perhaps they envision a large shade tree, flower beds, or even a water feature. Yet they don’t realize that doing too much with their landscape design could end up being a mistake.  

Ask anyone in the residential landscaping business and they’ll explain the importance of finding a focal point in your yard. Once you can do that, the rest of your design should fall into place. Having more than one focal point in your yard could make the space feel smaller and/or cluttered.

Determine the yard you want

This is a big one. Depending on the size of your front yard, you may not have enough space for everything you want. Granted, it would be nice to have the space for a huge vegetable garden and entertaining.

Better Homes & Gardens recommends actually enjoying your current landscape design before making changes. The thinking is that doing so will keep you from making a decision that doesn’t work in the long term. Plus, you may find that your space needs just a few tweaks rather than an entire makeover.

Start small

Who doesn’t want a dream yard? For a lot of us, the ideal front yard includes beautiful flowers, a fully grown tree, and somewhere to sit. Just know it will likely take several years to attain such a space, which is okay.

Part of being a homeowner is coming up with a list of projects and making progress over time. Whether you plan on spending several years or several decades in your home, remember to enjoy the process. There’s no need to feel rushed as you enhance your landscape design.

Choose hardy plants

As discussed in another article from Better Homes & Gardens, the state’s landscaping can be frustrating for gardeners. What works well in one part of Colorado may not in another. Do yourself a favor and research plants that can withstand the unique climate of the Front Range.

Update your irrigation system

Let’s say you bought a home that was constructed in the 1980s or earlier. While you understand there’s work to be done, you love the home’s charm, inside and out. That feeling probably won’t extend to the sprinkler system, though.

If a new sprinkler system is on your mind, consider looking into a drip line. All the water from a drip line goes directly into the plant’s root system, so you won’t be wasting resources. Learn more about the benefits of an updated irrigation system in this article from 5280.

Have an open mind

How you design your front yard this spring may not be how you design it in the future. As we mentioned earlier, be patient and make note of what you like and don’t like. It’s unreasonable to think you’ll create the perfect front yard right away.

Our best advice is to have an open mind and be open to change. You can brainstorm ideas by walking around the neighborhood and seeing what other people have done with their front yard. A local landscape design expert can also help if you find yourself stuck at any point.

Start your home buying journey

Do you dream of having a yard of your own? Are you counting down the days when you can take care of a lawn or plant a garden? If so, you need to get in touch with a dependable real estate agent.

At American Home Agents, we’ve been helping Colorado residents achieve their real estate goals for over 20 years. As a family-owned and operated business, we always put the needs of our customers first. You can count on our agents to walk you through the home buying process, whether you’re purchasing your first or forever home. 

Give American Home Agents a call at (303) 695-5900.

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